Scott Dawson and a blunt Janet Porter headline county GOP meeting


Janet Porter, founder and president of Faith2Action, referred to Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones as “Abortion Jones” in her remarks at the Cullman County Republican Party meeting on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Republican Party hosted its monthly breakfast and meeting Saturday morning at the Cullman Elks Lodge and dozens came out to see this month’s special guest speaker, gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson, a preacher, author and a frequent guest on “The Rick and Bubba Show.” A second guest, attending on behalf of Judge Roy Moore, was Janet Porter, founder and president of Faith2Action, a self-proclaimed “Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-ACTIVE” advocacy group. While Dawson spoke of his reasons for running and his platform, Porter took a more aggressive tone.

Dawson, who has been involved in the ministry for 30 years and founded the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association in 1987, first touched on the inspiration for him to go into politics after spending most of his life in the church.

“This idea came from a broken heart. It was not a sinister plan that we developed over 30 years to build a ministry so that we could get into politics,” Dawson said. “I was in my lane and then last year my heart was broken over some of the things going on in our state. I decided something has to happen and I wanted to find someone who wouldn’t surprise us. I got tired of us just allowing people to check a box and then people getting down there (to Montgomery) and doing things that we didn’t approve of. In my surprise everybody kind of turned to me and said I was the one that needed to take this on.”

Dawson went on to talk about some of the issues that he was anxious to address, ones he said are the same issues Alabama has always faced.

“When I got into this I looked back at who the last person elected in the state was that had no prior political experience; it was Fob James in 1978,” he said. “I wanted to find out everything about him, and when he was elected there were three big issues that had to be addressed in the state of Alabama: roads, education and prison over-crowding. Does that sound familiar to you guys? Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve kicked the can so far down the road that we’re running out of road. It’s time for us to really start addressing these issues.”

Dawson finished by making a plea to the crowd to demand better leadership and change the culture of Alabama politics.

“If I could submit to you, I want to see the mindset of Alabama change. We deserve better than what we’ve been getting ladies and gentlemen, but if elected I’m going to make some mistakes. I know that seems risky, but I’m going to make some mistakes. So, if you’re thinking I’m infallible, that’s not the case, but mistakes won’t be made because I’m selling you out, it’s because I’m human.”

Porter came to the podium to talk about what she said is one of the most important senatorial elections in the country in recent memory.

“I came to Alabama from Ohio because this is ground zero in the cultural war for where we’re going to go in the United States of America,” Porter said. “I want to tell you that this race, this senate race, is winner take all, including the United States Supreme Court. You realize, last February, you want to know the vote, I'll tell you the vote. We saw it last February when Donald Trump, when President Trump, submitted Betsy Devos as his secretary of education, and he had to call in the vice president to break the tie because she was a well-known pro-life conservative.”

Porter continued, “So, the RINOs, (Lisa Ann) Murkowski and Susan Collins in the Senate, they voted with the abortion activists and it had to take the vice president to break the tie, and if Judge Roy Moore does not win God forbid there will be no tie to break. So we may have had a promise from President Trump that we're going to get pro-life justices on the Supreme Court, but that promise isn’t going to mean very much when you can’t confirm those judges because ‘Abortion Jones’ will be the deciding vote to block every single one of them. The winner of this race will decide the Supreme Court for the next 30 or 40 years. That's why I came to Alabama.”

Listen to Porter's remarks in full here:

The Cullman County Republicans will not be meeting in January and will hold their next gathering in February. The group meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Cullman Elks Lodge, and hosts a special guest speaker at every meeting.

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